Just a week to go and it’s Christmas! Here’s another DIY Christmas jewelry you can re-create! In this tutorial, you will learn basic Square Stitch. The basic Square Stitch will be thought in diagrams and then immediately, hone your Square Stitch skills by creating the “Oh, Christmas Tree Bracelet.” Prepare the following materials.
Basic Square Stitch
1. In order to create the Christmas Tree you need to know first the basic Square Stitch weaving technique. To start a Square Stitch, first string a number of beads. The number of beads strung will determine how wide you’d like the finished piece be. For tutorial purposes, we have strung 8 beads. The arrow indicates the thread path. This will be your 1st row.
2. Weave a 2nd row. Pick up a bead then going counter-clockwise, pass the thread into the last bead from the 1st row and into the new bead added. Pull the thread.
3. Continue by adding another bead. Pick up a bead and then going counter-clockwise, pass the thread into the adjacent bead from the 1st row and into the new bead added. Pull the thread.
4. Pick up a bead again and then going counter-clockwise, pass the thread into 3rrd to the last bead from the previous row and into the new bead added. Pull the thread.
5. Complete the 2nd row by weaving in the same counter-clockwise direction until you reach the other end.
6. Now, add a 3rd row, but this time, weave in clockwise direction until you reach again the other end.
7. Add a 4th row and going right to left, weave in counter-clockwise direction until you reach the other end. Continue to add new rows, weaving in clockwise and counter-clockwise direction until you reach the desired size or length of your beadwork.
8. By now you are familiar with the Square Stitch. Let’s refer to the Christmas Tree pattern. The pattern is showing it has 12 rows and 14 columns. Each circle represents 1 seed bead. To have the white seed beads visible on the pattern, we indicated them as color yellow. To start, with at least an arm span of thread, follow the pattern and create your Christmas Tree using the basic Square Stitch technique. Create 1 Christmas Tree and then when finished, secure your thread by tying knots and passing the thread back thru several beads then cut. Do the same for the tail end.
Create as many Christmas Tree you need. Each Christmas Tree measures 1×1 inch. For a 6-inch bracelet, including bar ends, jump rings and clasp you need at least 4 Christmas Tree.
How to construct the bracelet
9. This is where you will use the bugle beads. Cut an arm span of thread. If you are comfortable working with longer than an arm span of thread then that would be good. Pick up a Christmas Tree. Leaving at least 6-7 inches tail, pass the thread into several beads and come out the edge. In this case, a white bead shown in arrow.
Pick up a bugle bead. Bring up a 2nd Christmas Tree and pass the thread into the edge white bead to connect.
10. Pass the next white bead from the 2nd tree. Pick up a bugle bead and pass the thread into the next white bead from the 1st tree. Pull the thread.
Continue weaving until you’ve completely connected the 2 trees.
11. Now, you need to weave back through the bugle beads and white beads again to secure the connection. Coming out of the last white bead, weave in clockwise direction and pass again the previous 2 white beads from the 1st tree, bugle bead and 2 white bead from the 2nd tree.
12. Then this time weave going upward. When you reach the top or the other end pass the last row of the 2nd tree and come out a white bead. Now, your thread is in position to connect another Christmas Tree.
When you’re finished with your Christmas Trees, attach the bar ends by weaving through the holes and the white beads. When finished, secure your thread by passing several beads and then cut off the excess. You can also tie a knot, if you wish. Do the same on the other end. Attach a jump ring and your clasp.
And there you have it! Your Christmas Tree bracelet!
Happy Holidays and happy jewelry making!